Syllabus for Semester 1 : Duration : 21 June 2020 to 21 December 2020

Domain 1 – Developing Existential Awareness

Subject chosen – The study of Vedantic Literature

Reason of choosing the subject:

To understand the philosophical concepts on Vedanta and develop a world view, a raison d’être, with the awareness of the timeless wisdom contained in the scriptures.

SYLLABUS – Scriptures to study in the semester

The Bhagvad Geeta

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Isha Upanishad

Kena Upanishad


Mandukya Upanishad

Mundaka Upanishad


1) A series of essays about the vedantic philosophy
2) Two videos outlining the concepts developed through the course

STUDY PLAN – 30 mins of study of the scriptures everyday

DOMAIN 2 – Developing Linguistic Aptitude

Subjects chosen

1) Better Writer 101

This will be a recurring subject every semester since I wish to develop my writing skills and that is an ongoing endeavor.


a) Read one essay, one short-story, one poem everyday (create a publically accessible archive of the same)
b) Write and Publish one essay, one short-story, one poem every week (follow a sacred weekly publishing schedule)


Friday – Poetry
Saturday – Short-story
Sunday – Essay

2) Study of Malayalam Language

SYLLABUS : Half hour study everyday

INSTRUCTOR: Rema Sreenivasan

SUBMISSIONS : A video featuring the progress in language ability across 6 months.

DOMAIN 3 – Developing Musical Aptitude

SUBJECT CHOSEN : Learn to play the bass

INSTRUCTOR: Vishal Singh

SUBMISSIONS: 10 bass covers uploaded on IGTV/ Youtube by December 21, 2020

STUDY PLAN: 1 hour study everyday and weekly lessons with the instructor

DOMAIN 4 – Developing Naturalist Aptitude

SYLLABUS : Study Home-Science with my mother

INSTRUCTOR: Rema Sreenivasan

STUDY PLAN: Learn and document home science skills (cooking, essential life-skills, learning to run a household, wisdom of an Indian mother) in video and written format in an intimate and shareable way

SUBMISSIONS: A PDF document of recipes


1) Practicing – A musician’s return to music – Glenn Kurtz

2) Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century – Howard Gardner

3) Out of our minds – Ken Robinson

4) Writing for your life – Deena Metzger

5) Zen Mind, Beginner’s mind – Shunryu Suzuki

6) Mahatma Gandhi on the Bhagawat Geeta – M.K. Gandhi

Semester ending report: Create Abstract for each subject to discuss methods used, results, outcomes.